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Headshot of Gary Chan
Gary Chan to serve as WNAR president-elect for 2021
Gary Chan, professor of biostatistics and health services with the University of Washington School of Public Health, was recently voted president-elect of the
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Photo of Charles Kooperberg
Democratizing DNA-based health risk scores
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News,

The Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) consortium at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center received a $9.8M grant to improve genetic risk prediction for cardiovascular disease in racially and ethnically diverse populations. “The goal is to create risk scores for cardiovascular and related diseases that work equally well in people of color as in European Americans,” said Charles Kooperberg, head of the Hutch’s Biostatistics Program and one of the principal investigators of the study. Kooperberg is also an affiliate professor of biostatistics with the University of Washington School of Public Health.

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Photo of Holly Janes
HIV vaccine trials are complicated by the availability of PrEP
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News,

Affiliate Professor of Biostatistics and Fred Hutch biostatistician Holly Janes participated in discussions about the design of HIV vaccine trails in the era of oral PrEP. “There are a lot of people who are interested in PrEP, but cannot sustain that over time,” she said. “One reason has to do with the usual challenges of getting people to change their behaviors when they are healthy. An analogy might be the difficulty in getting people to floss their teeth on a daily basis. It’s difficult for all of us,” said Janes.

Hands of CDC scientist as they prepare to test a patient’s sample for SARS-CoV-2
Hands of CDC scientist as they prepare to test a patient’s sample for SARS-CoV-2
Placebo-Controlled Trials of Covid-19 Vaccines — Why We Still Need Them
New England Journal of Medicine,

Biostatistics faculty members Tom Fleming and Betz Halloran sit on the WHO Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Next Steps for COVID-19 Vaccine Evaluation. In a recent New England Journal of Medicine article, the group notes that even though the efficacy of some COVID-19 vaccines appears to be high, reliable information will still be needed on longer-term safety and duration of protection.

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UW Biostatistics students experience the 6th Seattle Symposium
Thanks to student support funding, 15 current students were able to attend keynote sessions, panel discussions and short courses offered through the 6th Seattle Symposium in Biostatistics: Precision Medicine in the Age of Data Science.